Repurpose Existing Devices to Windows Autopilot – SCCM or MDT?

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Repurpose Existing Devices to Windows Autopilot

Auto MDM Enrollment with AAD TokenRepurposing of existing devices is one of the decisions that you want to make while you are getting ready with Windows Autopilot. I’m trying to help you to decide how to repurpose devices to Windows Autopilot? Is it best use MDT or SCCM?

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Options – Repurpose Existing Devices to Windows Autopilot

I think many organizations wanted to try and test Windows Autopilot. But there is always a puzzle in the decision making. What are opportunities to repurpose existing device (Windows 10 and Windows 7) to Windows Autopilot?

Microsoft had announced many options which I already explained in my previous post. Also, you can checkout Ignite 2018 Windows Autopilot session.

When you already have Windows devices in Intune, how to convert existing devices into Windows Autopilot? Anyone of the following options will help you to turn existing devices to Windows Autopilot. Applicable for Windows 10 Devices!

  1. Non Intune Windows 10 Devices Upload the CSV file via Intune Portal
  2. Intune Windows 10 Devices – Enable new Autopilot profile setting for all targeted devices (check the below section)
  3. Non Intune Windows 10 DevicesSCCM Co-Management devices enabled with “Automatic Enrollment into Intune”. First get the devices in to Intune via co-management and then to Autopilot (check the below section). 
  4. Non Intune Windows 10 Devices – Group Policy will get your device into Intune and then enable Autopilot via thee following method (Tanvir mentioned https://youtu.be/1–pBivksl8?t=2636)

How to Convert Existing Intune Devices to Windows Autopilot

The following steps will help you to covert existing Intune devices to Windows Autopilot. You will be using the following method to enable Windows Autopilot for the Windows 10 devices in all the above scenarios (1-4).

[Note – Only Applicable for Windows 10 devices]

  1. Navigate to Intune in the Azure portal
  2. Choose Device enrollment > Windows enrollment > Deployment Profiles > Create Profile
  3. Type a Name and optional Description
  4. Set Convert all targeted devices to Windows Autopilot to Yes
  5. Following the steps to complete the Autopilot profile creation

Repurpose Existing Devices for Windows Autopilot

By default, Intune only applies this profile to Windows Autopilot devices. Yes to convert all targeted, non-autopilot devices to Autopilot, so that they can receive the profile the next time they performa factory reset.

Windows devices running version 1709 support Windows Autopilot. So make sure you’ve upgraded your devices to work with Autopilot before you attempt to convert them. This is a one-time conversion to Autopilot.

NOTE – You can also use Group Policy (Auto MDM Enrollment with AAD Token) to enroll Windows 10 1709 or later Windows 10 Devices to Microsoft Intune. 

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Repurpose Existing Devices to Windows Autopilot – MDT/SCCM?

You might be using SCCM managed Windows devices in your organization. How are you planning to repurpose those Windows 7 devices to Windows Autopilot? You might not be using managing SCCM to manage Windows devices. How to Repurpose the Windows devices managed BigFix, KACE, Puppet etc.. to Windows Autopilot?

The answer to the above questions is it depends. There are a couple of options to repurpose devices. You can use SCCM or MDT to repurpose existing devices to Windows Autopilot. So it’s SCCM or MDT. The decision to use either MDT or SCCM is entirely depends on your organization infrastructure, IT support, Network conenctivity etc.

The following is the table which gives you a high-level comparison between MDT Vs. SCCM.

Repurpose Existing Devices to Windows AutopilotSelect MDT to Repurpose Devices

You can use MDT for repurposing existing devices to Windows Autopilot. But before taking a decision to go with MDT, it would be great to anlyse your environment. If you have not already invested on SCCM, then you should use MDT to repupose existing devices to Windows Autopilot.

Do you still think, you should try MDT to repupose exisitng Windows 7 devices to Windows Autopilot? Is this because of some known issues of SCCM? I would recommend to raise a support case with Microsoft.

  • Easy to Install, Configure, and maintain
  • Light Touch Deployment
  • Best for well connected Network (No network replication options?)
  • Less Security Controls
  • No Clear Roadmap (When will be the next version release of MDT?)
  • Limited Reporting
  • Standalone Instances
  • Free Tool

Select SCCM to Repurpose Devices

You can use SCCM for repurposing existing devices to Windows Autopilot. Microsoft SCCM provides an out of box solution to repurpose existing Windows 7 devices to Windows Autopilot. When you already have SCCM infrastructure, use the same infra to repurpose existind Windows 7 and Windows 10 devices to Autopilot.

Do you need more faster reprovisioning of Windows 7 devices to Autopilot? If so, use Michael Niehaus idea.

  • Complex to install, Configure, and maintain
  • Zero Touch Deployment
  • Best for Distributed Network (Enterprise network replication options?)
  • Better Security Controls
  • Clear Roadmap
  • Rich Reporting
  • Out of Box Solution TS for Repurpose Existing Devices
  • Paid Tool

How to Remove a Device from Windows Autopilot?

You have to note that just removing the profile won’t remove the devices from Windows Autopilot.

  1. Navigate to Intune in the Azure portal
  2. Cchoose Device enrollment > Windows enrollment > Devices
  3. To remove the device from Autopiot, use the Windows Autopilot devices view and Delete the device entry from Autopilot.

Repurpose Existing Devices to Windows Autopilot

To complete the removal, make sure the device is removed from Azure and Intune devices.

Resources

How to make Autopilot Adoption fast – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2018/10/25/speeding-up-windows-autopilot-for-existing-devices/

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